flattery

noun
flat·tery | \ ˈfla-tə-rē \
plural flatteries

Definition of flattery 

1a : the act or practice of flattering She uses the art of flattery to her advantage.

b(1) : something that flatters A compliment is flattery —Harry Shaw

(2) : insincere or excessive praise He tried to win his teacher's favor with flattery.

2 obsolete : a pleasing self-deception

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Examples of flattery in a Sentence

He tried to win his teacher's favor with flattery. a talk show host who is known for charming her guests with disingenuous flattery

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The problem with Trump’s flattery of Kim is the same as Reagan’s acclamation of Montt: a dictator was praised for no good reason. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "A brief history of American presidents praising dictators.," 12 June 2018 If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Trump might just view Avenatti's barrage as a kind of compliment. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Why hasn’t Trump attacked Michael Avenatti?," 17 May 2018 The test is notoriously tough, but political flattery can help. The Economist, "Some Western universities see merit in China’s flawed exam," 28 June 2018 But the nauseating flattery Trump lavished on this mass murderer did little to promote those interests. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump thinks his personal relationships with dictators will save the world. He's wrong | Trudy Rubin," 15 June 2018 Yet one thing is new in the burgeoning Trump-Kim relationship: face-to-face flattery. Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump resets the world stage," 13 June 2018 Rather than approach Kim as a pariah, Trump showered him with respect and even flattery, enthused to shake hands with a monstrous figure in part, perhaps, because his monstrosity is his source of power. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Republican senators only willing to go so far in challenging Trump on trade," 12 June 2018 Rather than approach Kim as a pariah, Trump showered him with respect and even flattery, enthused to shake hands with a monstrous figure in part, perhaps, because his monstrosity is his source of power. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 But imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. Adam Stanton, Scientific American, "Why Do Robots Look Like Animals and Humans?," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of flattery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flattery

see flatter entry 1

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flattery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flattery

: praise that is not sincere

flattery

noun
flat·tery | \ ˈfla-tə-rē \
plural flatteries

Kids Definition of flattery

: praise that is not deserved or meant

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